Medieval Japanese poets and philosophers sought different ways of dealing with disasters and tragedies.
The tradition of performing in a mask, from china to France, shows how it can be just as evocative and entertaining.
A reliance on visual elements to create the world of performance in Japan traces back hundreds of years through kabuki dance-drama. Two new shows keep that tradition alive.
A new exhibition surveys the haunting Japanese traditions and beliefs that connect the supernatural with the everyday.
An increasing amount of the BBC's content comes via collaborations with international production houses.
While male dancers in the US and Australia seek to combat bullying with #boysdancetoo, Japanese culture accepts and embraces male ballet dancing.
History tells us there were eight women who ruled as empresses of Japan, but since reforms of the constitution in 1947, only a man can inherit the throne.
The country has reached back more than a thousand years into its early literary heritage for an auspicious name for a new era under a new emperor.
Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, served in the Japanese imperial court. She transformed her experiences into an intricate narrative fusing fiction, history, and poetry.
Monster movies are currently rampaging across the globe. Their popularity shows us how Hollywood's place in world cinema is changing.
US-Japan relations are under pressure. As leaders of the two countries meet this week, a scholar tells the story of the exchange program that made such a difference to American attitudes toward Japan.
The curse of the tattooed ex was well-known in 18th-century Japan.
Coming on the heels of 'gold', 'blond' and 'wealthy', 'north' is a telling symbol of how Japan saw 2017.
It's a multi-lingual effect.
Court ruling casts shadow on Japan's tattoo industry.
In Japanese popular culture, new trends come and go. But the Japanese have toyed with gender norms for generations.
Japanese tattoos have been popular in the UK since King George V. But things are different in Japan.
The film is a powerful reworking of the novel by Japanese novelist Endō Shūsaku.
In a country known for its eccentric tastes, is this simply another flash-in-the-pan fad?
A push for Japanese higher education to be globally competitive is creating an identity crisis.